Live Entertainment

Live Entertainment (2020 Festival)

In addition to works of art to view and purchase, the Raymond James Gasparilla Festival of the Arts features performances by local vocalists and bands.

Emcee: Denis Phillips

Denis Phillips’ desire to be a television meteorologist began by seeing Santa on radar when he was 6 years old. It’s true… although severe weather really hooked him. Denis graduated in 1985 and got his first on-air position in Salisbury, Maryland, shortly thereafter. After stops in Gainesville, Providence, and Los Angeles, Denis finally ended up in Tampa. He says the Bay area offers all the challenges weather-wise he could ever hope for.

When it comes to work, I think the thing that surprises people the most about me is that I’ve done weather for 33 years…and I wore a jacket the first 20 years! Since 2004,  I’m pretty much known as “Suspender Guy”.  It’s kind of funny how that came to pass.  When Hurricane Charley was heading this way, I came to work wearing my ONLY pair of suspenders. Yup, only one pair to my name.  We were on the air 36 straight hours. It was crazy.  Don Germaise doing his “hunker down” reports.  All our anchors and reporters covering the storm better than I’ve ever seen a storm covered.  And me?  I was on straight through, jacket off, suspenders on.  So, after the storm passed (and luckily missed us) the station did a ton of research.  Questions like “who did you watch”.  “Who did you trust”?  “Who was the most accurate”?  The overwhelming response?  “I have no idea what the guys name was, but he was wearing suspenders”!  My boss told me that’s my new “look”.  I guess it stuck!

Saturday, February 29th

9:15 a.m.

Yoga with Lucky Cat Wellness and Mountain Holler w/Jun

Erin Wheller is a 300 Hr Vinyasa Yoga teacher and creative directer for Lucky Cat  Yoga. Earning her 300 Hr level training at Asheville Yoga Center in 2016, she is certified to teach Prenatal yoga, Children’s yoga, Chair Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Yin Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Yoga Therapeutics, and Mediation.  She and her husband Eric Wheeler are artists who founded, Lucky Cat Yoga Inc., a company that brings yoga to all ages, all abilities, in all locations. They created a variety of special event yoga classes to make yoga accessible and fun for everyone.

10:15 a.m.

Mountain Holler

‘Mountain Holler’ is the visionary music from St. Pete based multi-instrumentalist Mark Etherington.

Often referred to as Cavernous-alk folk his haunting and emotional music reflects Etherington’s journey through life and his explorations of the mind and nature.Through the meticulous blending of open tuned guitars blanketed with his haunting reverb-saturated vocals, ‘Mountain Holler’ casts a sonic spell on his listeners creating a profoundly unique auditory experience.

11:45 a.m.


Indian Rocks Beach’s surfin’ psych cowboys! Prior to touring Florida and California’s west coast with Austin’s Bright Light Social Hour in May, FayRoy has spent 2019 opening up for some hard hitters by the likes of Mild High Club, Hinds, and Post Animal to name a few. FayRoy grew up on Florida’s gulf coast. Embracing an outdoor lifestyle on the beach and in the dense rivers just north of them, their music style embodies a sun induced psychedelic delirium with overtones of 70’s rock n roll.

1:15 p.m. 

Ella Jet

Ella Jet and Future Soul is a 5-piece progressive neo-soul band lead by beautiful vocals with meaningful lyrics and backed by a powerful groove.

2:45 p.m.

Matt Costa

Throughout Santa Rosa Fang‘s twelve songs, Costa illuminates what he has learned and how he has grown in the past 15 years of his career. His music has taken him around the world, allowing him to work with diverse, respected artists and to connect with people everywhere—from his albums released on Brushfire Records to recording with Belle and Sebastian in Glasgow, to penning film scores and releasing a variety of genre-bending EP’s, and to finally coming home to Los Angeles’s Dangerbird Records for his first new proper full-length release in nearly five years. A rebirth in a sense, through his keen pop sensibility, studious songwriting, technical mastery, and a modern-meets-vintage sound bursting with bite, Costa has recorded the album of his career, one sure to reach new shores and sailors alike.

4:30 p.m.

King Complex

The St. Pete-based duo King Complex is launching the third wave of their cryptic electronic-rock music. Brimming with electric energy, the group blends dance-rousing anthems with the mysterious allure of a sensory-heavy live show. Bridging the gap between electronic-driven pop and aggressive rock, King Complex tactfully flirts with mainstream styles while preserving their signature sound. Since the group’s formation, they have played sold out shows across Florida and opened for national acts.

Sunday, March 1st

9:15 a.m.

Yoga with Thanecha Anderson

Thanecha is a 32 year old songwriting, guitar-playing, yoga teaching Tampa Bay resident who lives her life by two mottos: 1. “Life is what you make it… make it something beautiful”, and 2. “In everything, go to the edge of your comfort zone… and push just a little further”.

Over the last 5 years, she has performed for local spots all over Tampa Bay, as well as more charity events than she can remember! Her goal is to use her gifts and talents to positively impact the lives of every person she meets, and she inspires others to do the same. Even when she teaches yoga, she plays the guitar and sings at the end, inviting her #Zenchas (yogis) and #Fanchas (fans) to begin to think about how they can use more of their gifts and talents in their daily lives. Playing a role in the happiness and wellness of our community is something of immense importance to her, and she takes it seriously. Impacting the community through the words in her songs (as well as the yoga she brings) is an absolute honor to her!.

10:30 a.m. 

Kraig Kenning

Call him Contemporary folk, Acoustic blues, Roots rock, or American fingerstyle.  The fact is, Kraig has managed to merge a bit of all the above, while maintaining a close and personal connection with his audience. Kraig has played up to 200 dates a year touring the US for the last 3 decades, showcasing songs from his eight cds containing almost exclusively original material. Kenning has shaped himself into one of the most capable performers on the planet.  “There is an exchange at a spiritual level in a great performance. My goal is to journey with all my listeners to this magical place.” Kenning has inspired comparisons with Eric Clapton, Duane Allman, Bob Dylan, and Jackson Browne…to name a few. His finger picking often brings reminders of Kraig’s long time hero Leo Kottke.  “His overall performance and presentation stand equal with any of today’s top singer/ songwriters”, states Dave Glynn of the Fox Valley Blues Society.  It’s hard to be humble when elevated to the ranks of guitar gods and modern poets, but Kraig is quick to point out the logic behind such flattering comparisons: “Those are the guys I listened to, whose music I locked myself in my room with growing up. If I sound like any of them, it’s because they were my inspiration and fueled my dreams.” A Kenning show is a guarantee.  Chicago Tribune reviewer Dan Kening (no relation) agrees, noting “Kenning’s deft finger picking and slide work on acoustic and steel resonator guitar is truly impressive, but so is his flair for crafting intelligent, heartfelt lyrics and memorable melodies. Call his style laid-back music played with a burning passion.” From his own perspective, a Kenning show is more like “a gift”…one that is both given and received. “What happens with an audience is like a little miracle.  It’s awesome to feel their appreciation. It’s amazing, like a circle of energy and I’m a messenger or supplier.”

12:00 p.m.

The Reality

Get ready for a fresh dose of The Reality! This funkadelic foursome hails from the sunny shores of Tampa, Florida and has hit the bay area with a new sound that has the masses in a daze, like a hot summer’s day. With music as sweet and juicy as the first bite of one of the bands signature pineapples, pin your ears back and listen to their soul drenched music and see why fans are just begging for another sip!

12:00 p.m.

Chris Sgammato School – Children’s Tent Band

We do not “work” music – we *play* music. This is the core philosophy of our school. We do not teach simple “music lessons” – we teach critical life lessons through the metaphor of music. Essential steps to success like a disciplined routine, interdependent cooperation and long-term goal realization are paralleled through consistent self-practice, rehearsing with a band, and performing publicly. Since the whole world is a stage, the shows we help prepare our students for will also prepare them to play on the great stages of life that we all share together. For those who decide to travel further down this path, we help bridge the gap between amateur player and young professional. We guide our students through the various processes associated with professional musicianship, including booking, stage setup, performing, professional recording, album release, and everything in between. The greatest gift to us is when we help inspire a young artist to realize their full potential, and to play their life the way we taught them to play their music.

1:45 p.m.


HoneyWhat is a rockin four piece group, based out of Florida with the efforts to be well and be kind. Bring your smile.

3:30 p.m. 

The Savants of Soul

Over the past two years, a phenomenon has taken Gainesville’s live music scene by storm. That phenomenon is the 10-piece soul band The Savants of Soul. Blending the sounds of 1960s and 1970s soul with influences as far-ranging as indie rock, ska, punk and jazz, this veritable soul orchestra is sure to keep you moving and grooving to their big, horn-driven sound.

Since the group’s inception in 2011, they’ve made a name for themselves in the music scene by being an unparalleled live show experience, moving audiences of all ages with danceable, good-time music and an approach to performance as influenced by theater troupes as it is by musical performance.

The band has made its presence felt around the southeast, notably playing Red Gorilla at SXSW in 2017, Suwannee Hulaween in 2016 and Changeville in its hometown in 2018 and 2016. Along the way, The Savants of Soul show has been featured alongside Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Benjamin Booker, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, The Original Wailers and Thomas Wynn & The Believers.